Four Ways To Protect Yourself And Your Devices On Public Wi-Fi


Starbucks has cemented an image of itself as America’s coffee shop. A national franchise, the company has over 13,000 locations nationwide. The coffee chain has made concerted efforts to accommodate its customers, including offering complimentary public Wi-Fi and plenty of 120-volt outlets at its stores to power mobile devices.

Whether you’re on a lunch break or just kicking back on a quiet Saturday afternoon, you’ll be able to enjoy a cup of fresh brewed coffee (not to mention dozens of other hot and iced beverage items offered on the menu) as you browse the Web on your connected device.

But before you accept the terms of service to access Starbucks’ public Wi-Fi, there are some measures you should put into place first to ensure that your privacy is safeguarded and that you’re secure.

The reality is that Wi-Fi, specifically public Wi-Fi, will never be secure. With fake public Wi-Fi being used by hackers, along with openly posted Wi-Fi passwords available in countless hacker forums, it is not hard to hack most devices that access a particular Wi-Fi network.

This means that the data that you are sending and receiving from your connected device can be intercepted by criminals and then exploited and resold. As a good rule of thumb, you should always presume that all Wi-Fi, even the Wi-Fi in your home, is vulnerable. So, always err on the side of safety by instead relying on encrypted communication.

Here are some simple measures that you can take to protect yourself and browse safely and securely no matter where you are in the world.

1. Disable Sharing

Your connected device was also designed to interact with other connected devices via a setting called “sharing.” This is an especially popular feature for Apple devices like the Mac. Without sharing disabled on a Mac, for example, other users on the same network could potentially access your files and download them without you even knowing about it.

The same is true for some Bluetooth-enabled devices, PCs and even Android-powered machines. But fortunately, the fix is simple here: Access your settings and disable sharing on any connected device you want to use on a public Wi-Fi before you connect.

Turning off sharing settings is easy:

On a Mac, you can disable it by accessing System Preferences.

• On a Windows device, you can easily turn off sharing via the Network and Sharing Center.

• You should also disable “network discovery” as well, which means that your connected device will be hidden from other devices that are connected to the network (the public Wi-Fi).

2. Make Sure Your Software Is Updated

Software updates are critical to security. Not only are updates designed to make your device run smoother, but most updates also typically contain important security patches, too.

For example, a major and recent Android update added new security protocols:

“Android Nougat features a re-architected media stack that’s been significantly hardened against common attacks. By incorporating integer overflow sanitization, the stack is much more robust against malformed content, and sandboxing of media processes protects the operating system against privilege escalation. Ultimately these protections provide multiple levels of defense to keep your data safe.”

Apple released an update in late March that also contained critical security patches:

“In the most recent iOS update, Apple patched a new bug, identified as CVE-2018-4140, which similarly could have triggered iOS devices to restart after receiving a malicious SMS text message.”

The rule of thumb is simple here: Don’t delay software updates to your connected devices — they usually contain very important security updates that help keep your information secure when browsing the internet.

3. Use A VPN

If you want to keep hackers out and lock down your connection entirely, you should consider using a virtual private network. (Full disclosure: I run, a company that provides VPN research and statistics.)

VPNs are private, encrypted networks that you log into from your connected device.

The information you send and receive from the network is encrypted on both sides (end-to-end encryption).

This protects your data from ever being accessed by third parties because they would need the encryption key to decode it.

When using a VPN, you simply log into the VPN from your connected device and browse to your heart’s content. Some VPNs are free of charge and others are available for a nominal monthly fee. There are thousands of providers to choose from, and each offers its own array of features to help protect your privacy.

4. Make Sure You Have Antivirus Software Installed

If you don’t have antivirus software installed on your connected device, you are not browsing securely. There are countless malicious websites that you can mistakenly visit that might result in you unknowingly downloading viruses, malware and spyware. Fortunately, an antivirus program will help prevent this from happening while providing 24/7 protection.

The internet has become a mainstay in our lives. Most of us can’t imagine a world where we are not connected. By ensuring that you are proactive about your online security, you can access the World Wide Web without having to worry about your privacy or confidential information being compromised — all while enjoying a cup of coffee at your local Starbucks.


WP Site Guardian


WP Site Guardian is a full featured WAF (Web Application Firewall) which protects your site against the most common types of hacking attacks – exploits. Exploits are bugs or weaknesses in programming that exists across 10,000+ plugins and themes and new ones are discovered and published daily.

They make up 92% of all attacks on WordPress sites so should be the #1 priority for any security solution. A hacker can compromise a site in using an exploit in seconds no matter what security product you are running – yes you can get hacked even behind Cloudflare, the best host and the best security services/plugins no matter how much money you pay.

we released WP Site Guardian (December 2015) and called BS on the whole WP Security industry who were sitting pretty taking money from clients and doing a shoddy job of protecting websites.WP Site Guardian Protects against all common attack vectors including:

– In URL execution break-ins

– In Form execution break-ins

– XSS Attacks

– SQL Injection

– Header Injection

– Directory Traversal




This is where we kick our competitors arse even more… A standard WAF firewall only offers reactive protection – we felt that this is like trying to plaster over a leak – it works…. but it’s better to prevent problems as best as possible.In the Developers Edition we’ve added pro-active protection.

This upgrade scans all your themes and plugins on a daily basis and compares these with a real time active database of known vulnerabilities (we pay for this service hence we charge an annual fee) – it automatically emails the webmaster if a threat is found so you can take action and eliminate the risk manually.

We’ve gone one step further we also connect your site to a REAL TIME known scumbag list, these are bad bots, fake search engines, known site attackers, site scrapers, known brute force attackers + more ….

Shields up was developed to make your sites run in “stealth mode” – clearing all the critical information that WP broadcasts by doing so it reduces the risk of hack attacks by up to 95%

Hackers simply get bored  and move on to an easier target another amazing pro-active defense tool in our toolbox.This is a lot more invasive so it requires a good quality hosting setup – the plugin will detect inferior hosting configurations.


Easy Blur


How many times have you found yourself trying to hide unwanted things while you are recording a screen-capture video on your PC or MAC? Or what about while you’re on a webinar, you find yourself carefully trying to hide things you don’t want others to see?
Even with an Facebook Live Session, where it will be great just to share your screen without worrying about things you don’t want others to see, in real-time. Personal stuff.Having to edit your videos before uploading just to hide unwanted things , is as we know it very time consuming.
Private information like , passwords, images, unwanted text, or hiding URLs etc, are some examples of what you can do with Easy Blur.You can now do all the covering up on the go, in real-time.Save time and with a click of a button.
All you need to do is download Easy Blur, add it to your browser as an extension, and whenever you want to cover and hide something, you just highlight it using Easy Blur with a click of the mouse, and start blurring information and things you don’t want seen…It’s Really That Simple!
With Easy Blur you will have the following advantages:
  • Your viewers cant see your unwanted things while doing a live webinar
  • You can hide unwanted information during your live streaming
  • Your followers can not see your personal information on your browser
  • You can take a screenshot of your screen and hide unwanted information




WP Link Shield Diamond


WP Linkshield found that EVERY single link cloaker tested broke responsive sites. Considering that 60% of us use mobile devices nowadays .That’s a HUGE problem and a huge amount of profit lost.

If you’re not cloaking links you are not safe either , you are leaving up to 30% of sales on the table through, affiliate theft, browser switching and social blocking. WHAT IS THIS BUG EXACTLY? Before I explain that I need to explain cloaking modes…

There are 2 main cloaking modes –

1 REDIRECT CLOAKING – this is most common type – you get a new URL and it redirects to the original URL – problem here is… this doesn’t hide your affiliate ID and you lose money if the user switches browsers or shares the raw link

2 IFRAME CLOAKING – with this method the URL never changes and the destination page is loaded in an IFRAME so your affiliate ID is never exposed and you don’t lose money through browser switching…

Iframing is great for affiliates as you can overlay messages, you can kick exit pops – it gives you a lot more control and reduced commission losses.However the vendors of cloaking tools have never looked at what happens when users open responsive sites in iframe mode – the answer is RESPONSIVE SITES BREAK! This boils down to BAD CODING …

WP Link Shield 2.0 protects your affiliate links, makes your links look natural, allows you to post them socially with full metas and maximizes your affiliate income- a no brainer for ALL affiliate marketers


– it works perfectly with responsive sites (99% of other cloakers break mobile sites)
– it never displays the raw link in the browser unlike conventional cloakers
– It prevents commission loses through browser switching and link sharing
– it allows you to edit meta images and descriptions to maximize social clicks.
– It allows you to block exit pops
– it works flawlessly on all social media – many cloakers fail
– it makes your affiliate links look 100% natural increasing clicks
– it maintains your site branding with your choice of keywords
– it’s super easy to use

In a nutshell WP Linkshield 2 works to reduce commission loses and maximize your affiliate income.


Blog Defender


Blog Defender is a full system to protect your WordPress sites against hackers and other risks. It comes with 7 videos about the basics and more advanced tips how to use 3 WordPress plugins to fully protect your sites.

As there are thousands of WordPress blogs hacked every day, this package is a must have for everyone who wants to be sure that a (brute force) hackers attack has less change to succeed. And even more important, in case you are hacked or a new plugin messed up your blog, you can restore your blog in minutes without losing all relevant data and time to recover.

It is a very easy WordPress plugin to use. It’s just one plugin and you can install and use it within seconds. It costs $97.00 per year.With Blog Defender, you’ll use 3 plugins. And you’ll learn way more about what the actual risks are and you’ll discover several ways to protect your site.

Blog Defender goes into much more detail and gives you more choices .WP Security Hero is more for bloggers who don’t want to know about all the technical details, but just want to be protected in the shortest time as possible.To say it in percentages.

With WP Security Hero, you’ll we protected 95% better than all the blog owners. With Blog Defender 99% better (if you follow all the prescriptions).


Main features of Blog Defender

3 WordPress plugins:

  • Automated Backups. Discover how to automate and schedule your backups as professionals do.
  • WP Security. With this plugin and the videos you’ll be fully protected.
  • WP Scan & Repair. Find and remove malware and other bad files/open doors.

And 7 videos:

  • Video Module #1 Preparation. What’s the best hosting. How to protect your files at home and what’s the best way to install your WordPress plugins.
  • Video Module #2 Backup WordPress. What’s the best place for your backups? How to run your backups and schedule them automatically.
  • Video Module #3 Security Plugin Setup. Learn how to setup all your settings for the best security.
  • Video Module #4 Scan WordPress for Malware. Learn how to use, setup and schedule WordFence for scanning your files for malware and infected files.
  • Video Module #5 Hide your WordPress vulnerabilities. Hide your login area and change the admin user, content directory and database prefix.
  • Video Module #6 Lockdown WordPress. Use two factor login and captcha’s, randomise WordPress salts and use the proper WordPress passwords.
  • Video Module #7 Defend WordPress with a Firewall. Protect your site against Brute Force Attacks and keep intruders away.